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Noh claims first PGA Tour victory

Updated: Sunday, 27 Apr 2014 23:58 | Comments

Seung-Yul Noh celebrates with golfers Charlie Wi and YE Yang and his caddy Scott Saitinac after his win
Seung-Yul Noh celebrates with golfers Charlie Wi and YE Yang and his caddy Scott Saitinac after his win

Noh Seung-Yul claimed his first PGA Tour win on Sunday as he held off the chasing pack to secure a two-shot victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The South Korean came into his final round with a two-shot lead and also looking to become the first player to record a bogey-free 72 holes since Charles Howell III at the Greenbrier Classic in 2010.

That dream was extinguished with a bogey on the first but a final round of 71 was good enough to leave Noh 19 under, two shots clear of Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb.

After the dropped shot on the first, the 22-year-old regained his composure and reeled off six pars before picking a shot back up on the eighth to turn in 36.

Another birdie at the tenth was to follow and Noh would also pick up shots back up on 13 and 16 after bogeying 12 and 15.

A poor tee-shot on the par-three 17th suggested nerves were kicking in as the finish-line approached but an excellent up and down secured a par and Noh made no mistake on 18.

Svoboda recorded a closing 69 with birdies on five, seven, 12 and 18 and a bogey on six while Streb recorded just six pars in a chaotic 70.

The American eagled the second before bogeys on the third and sixth were followed by birdies on the seventh and eighth. A double-bogey on nine and a bogey on 10 had Streb over par for the day but he picked up shots on 12,13 and 16 before a bogey on 17 and a closing birdie.

Jeff Overton was a further shot back after also shooting a 70, two shots clear Erik Compton, Charley Hoffman and Robert Garrigus who signed for a round of the day 64.

Garrigus had four birdies and a bogey in his first six holes but dropped a further shot on eight to reach the turn in 34.

He came back in 30, though, with an eagle on the 13th kickstarting a run of four birdies in five holes.

US Open champion Justin Rose closed with a 68 to finish 13 under in a group with Keegan Bradley who endured a desperately disappointing 75.

The former US PGA Champion was level for his round after five holes but a triple-bogey on the sixth effectively ruined his chances of victory.

After putting his tee-shot in the water, Bradley was on the green in four but then three-putted to tumble down the leaderboard.

Englishman Paul Casey fired a 73 to finish 12 under while Padraig Harrington finished one under for the tournament.

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